Like most of the team that year, Bacuna was born and absorbed the football culture from the Netherlands. If you regularly watch the Premier League, it won’t be hard to see Bacuna ever playing for Aston Villa. Similar to Cuco Martina, the big-name remaining in the squad, playing for Cardiff City in the second half of last season.
However, Curacao’s biggest move to football came only when Patrick Kluivert suddenly confirmed, he would steer the team in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Although not successful for six months in position, Kluivert, thanks to His reputation and prestige, has created a great influence, helping the Curacao-born juniors to change their view of the country. As big as Kluivert does not deny, Bacuna or Martina have to be hesitant. It is also the shortest way for Curacao to gather a quality team, instead of relying on the weak internal force from their league.
“I always daydream about orange colors. But they have sad eyes on me, though I have scored 29 goals in 26 games in Trencin. Then, a call in Curacao came and I immediately agreed, “Gino van Kassel recounted the opportunity to come to Curacao. Van Kassel is just one of many cases of Curacao finding that there is no longer a chance to wear Holland, which is an abundance of talent.
13 of the 23 Curacao players to King’s Cup this time are wearing Dutch clubs. In addition to those of Dutch footballers like Bacuna, Curacao members present in Thailand are now directly affected by Dutch football of up to 20 people. That statistic creates a Curacao feeling like a Dutch B or C team, meaning it’s not a dream like the way most people think of the tiny Caribbean boys who just play cricket.
In 2017, Curacao team attended the Gold Cup – the CONCACAF national football championship but lost all three matches. Restrictions on battle experience have dissipated the unexpected hope of teachers and students Remko Bicentini, Kluivert’s successor.